3.7 CEREMONIAL MAGIC (THE RITUAL)
Many sorcerers disagree on the
order in which events must occur during the ritual.
Additionally, they even disagree on what steps
and implements are necessary or merely extraneous.
The one aspect they can all find common ground
with is the fact that the ceremony must be performed on
a specific day and hour corresponding to the celestial
To perform the ritual at any other time will mean
In the case of simple summoning
rituals the entire process takes no longer than an hour.
When a talisman is created, however, the process
lasts far longer.
Usually starting at the correct hour and day of
the celestial's power and continuing on until the cycle
repeats itself (usually 42 hours).
During this time, the sorcerer must remain in the
summoning circle in a constant state of prayer and
Though the drawing of the summoning
circle is of crucial importance to the ritual, sorcerers
do not agree on the shape, size, and method of drawing
used to create it.
In spite of this dissension, there are a number
of elements all sorcerers agree must be contained in the
sigil and name of the celestial being summoned (even in
the cases of creating talismans) must be drawn in the
circle along with protective symbols, binding symbols,
and Task symbols. The
drawing of the circle and these symbols is a tedious
process often taking an hour or more to complete.
During the ceremony itself
peripherals are used to enhance the atmosphere, improve
the state of the practitioner, and cleanse the summoning
include such things as lights (candles), perfumes,
unguents, and medicines. While none conclude that failure will result from the
lack of these things, they certainly appear to increase
the chances of success.
In addition to these peripherals, a
number of objects are often used to help with the
include: holy papers, pictures, pentacles, a sword, a
dagger, a rod, a staff, and the proper clothing (which
must be of specified color and material).
Not all these items are used together by all
sorcerers, but a combination of some are almost always
rod, staff, and sword seem to be the most crucial of
these items, appearing in almost all rituals.
Contrary to mainstream views that
see sorcerers as diabolists, a sacrifice is rarely used
for the ritual.
This usually only occurs among the darker paths
of the arts. When
a sacrifice is used, however, it is never a human one
but rather takes the form of a kid (an immature goat).
In the case of creating a talisman,
a triangle is affixed to the outside of the circle.
The item to be enchanted is placed here at the
beginning of the ritual and must not be removed until
the completion of the ceremony.
If it is removed, even for an instant, the
sorcerer will be forced to start anew.
As the ceremony begins the sorcerer
enters the summoning circle and offers an oration unto
prayers, psalms, or gospels are professed to offer
defense to the practitioner during the ritual process.
At this point the innovation begins.
Lasting between ten and twenty minutes, these
prayers are fraught with semantic dangers and
If the angel or demon does not appear, the
invocation can be repeated twice. Each time, though, the
practitioner becomes louder and more demanding.
Assuming the invocation works, the sorcerer will now greet the celestial creature by name. This is not merely a formality, but is instead used to bind the creature. The sorcerer gives explicit instructions (and many tasks have gone awry because of misinterpreted orders) to the bound creature. In the case of creating talismans, the celestial kneels before the object and begins to infuse it with his power (a process it will continue until the appropriate hour comes again), but in all other case, the celestial leaves to complete its task. This done, the practitioner must offer a final prayer of defense and praise to the Almighty before leaving the circle. If this is forgotten, it is possible for the bound celestial to return and do harm to the sorcerer.